GARLIC! Tonight we sit down with the ever lovely Arzeena Hamir of Amara Farms and Craig Freeman of the Merville Hall to talk garlic. With the Garlic Festival just around the corner, there is just so much to cover! Arzeena has so much to say about flavours, strengths, varietals, and more, and really gets to the heart of why there needs to be an annual Garlic Festival. Craig then walks us through the reinvigorated Merville Hall and lays out their accomplishments and ambitions – not the least of which is hosting this great event! You are not going to want to miss this event – listen in for all of the details!
July 25th, 2016
July 18th, 2016
Today Chef Jonathan Frazier and Darren Howlett had the wonderful opportunity to sit with Vickey Brown of the Comox Valley Farmers Market, Sue Smith formerly of Beyond the Kitchen Door and Chef/President Leslie Stav of North Vancouver Island Chef's Assosciation. In a lively discussion about the direction and future of Comox Valley Farmers Markets, we discuss the growth and continued trends towards supporting (and eating) local and the connection between our local Chefs and the Market.
July 11th, 2016
As you know, we love nothing more than to shine a light on any homegrown Comox Valley foods, products, farmers and producers as we can. It’s the reason we do what we do. Tonight we have Greg Wilson and James McKerricher of The Butcher’s Block in studio. Now, we don’t throw around phrases like ‘pillar of the community’ or ‘interwoven in the history of theComox Valley’ very often – but both stand true here. At 25+ years in the Valley, it’s of a small handful of food businesses that are wholly Comox Valleyian (we’re making up words today, that’s the kind of day it is); and have the tenure. Tonight we get to the heart of ‘why?’. Why have they been successful? Why here? Why sell what they sell? Listen in to this feel-good episode and let us know what you think as we reminisce over the last 25 years of the Valley, and talk about simply great food
July 4th, 2016
#100 – We did it! We hit our first major milestone with episode 100. Passing this threshold would have felt off if we had anyone other than Mr. Blayne Prowse as our guest. There would not have been an episode100 without him. There would not have been an episode 1 without him!
Jon, Darren and Blayne take this opportunity to reflect on the podcasts beginnings and through it’s hurdles, adjustments,refinements and victories. They also speak to where EdibleValley is heading for the next 100 episodes – format, guests, and changes. Listen in and find out some of their favorite episodes, some that may have been a little more challenging and some that changed their lives entirely.
Thanks for tuning in. We share this milestone with you, our cherished audience. Thank you!
June 29th, 2016
Nancy Farey – the Mustard Lady! Nancy sits in with Chef Jonathan Frazier and Darren Howlett to discuss arguably the best condiment in the world, mustard! Nancy started her small business out of her kitchen some years ago with a few key mustard flavors in hand, to disperse among friends. Now you can find 11 regular mustards, and some special or seasonal ones too, all up and down the island. Listen in on her journey from finding a post retirement hobby to creating an Island wide food business!
June 9th, 2016
Tonight we were lucky to sit down with a man on the move, a man of many talents - Mr Brian Tyacke. Last year, Brian had offered Chef Jonathan Frazier and Darren Howlett a chance to get involved with a program he was spearheading within the recovery and recuperation of those exiting the criminal justice system and reentering society. Brian was involved in a big and unique way. Unfortunately we were not able to join in, but one year later, Brian has joined us to tell the tale of his successes within the program and the great achievments of those under his charge. Food played a large role in this - and we are extremely happy that Brian was not only able to make this happen, but then was able to share the tale. We hope this inspires similar actions - listen in and hear it for yourself!
May 31st, 2016
With summer quickly approaching Darren and Jonathan sit down to discuss some of the interesting events that are taking place around the Comox Valley.
May 21st, 2016
Chef Jonathon Frazier, Darren Howlett and Blayne Prowse are in the studio again to discuss food trends. Jon participated in Restaurants Canada 2015 chef survey, a Canada-wide poll of chefs on food trends and the results are in. Listen in for what you can look forward to at your favourite restaurant or grocery store as well as what may be on the way out. We would love to get your input on this one! What do you think is popular in food; what's not exciting anymore; or what's being overlooked and should be more popular?
April 11th, 2016
Once again the boys take a moment to catch up with what's going on in their busy lives and give an update on what's about to happen in our exciting Edible Valley.
April 3rd, 2016
Well aren't we lucky? We get to sit down with Mr Ivan Loubier of Ivan's Truffles once again. Chef Jonathon Frazier and Darren Howlett talk flavour, ambition, audience and truff-cicles with Ivan all over again. It's interesting to see how his buisiness has developed as he has set his roots and gained a firm footing here in the Valley. Listen in and let us know what you think!